Copa by Sea

Monday, April 06, 2015

Seafood lovers can rejoice thanks to the new rodizio-style restaurant that has opened up in the heart of Toronto. Copa by Sea is situated below the popular Copacabana at Adelaide and Duncan Street and is featuring a $30 (limited time price) all-you-can-eat seafood menu.

I had the chance to visit Copa by Sea a few weeks ago for a Zomato Meetup and ended up trying almost every item from the menu which left me in a satisfying yet lethargic state. #itwasworthit

The restaurant was very lively and the open-concept kitchen/grill allows you to view the bartenders shaking up various cocktails and the chefs preparing food over charcoal flames.

I started with a variety of items (crab legs, shrimp, smoked salmon) which were spread out along the counter near the kitchen for easy to grab appetizers before the table-side items were served.

The first a la carte items that came to our table were an assortment of sushi such as dynamite rolls, spicy tuna, spicy salmon, fresh P.E.I. Oysters and tuna ceviche. I really enjoyed the sushi and oysters but the ceviche was a little too sour/watery for my liking.

Next up were the grilled items that were brought to the table and served off of skewers.  The items came to our table sporadically so that you weren't overwhelmed with everything all at once. We were served with one or two pieces of the item to start with and was able to order more of the items that we really enjoyed throughout the night. The items were: Garlic Shrimp, Mahi Mahi Tandoori, Passion Fruit Salmon, Teriyaki Salmon, Black Cod, Bacon Wrapped Cod, Fillet of Branzino, Umadashi Scallops, Peanut Butter Chicken, Buttermilk Ribeye, Beef Ribs. The sides were: Fried Calamari, Lobster and Shrimp Mac n Cheese, Onion Rings, Fries.

The food taste and quality definitely exceeded my expectations.  I figured that an all-you-can-eat seafood place might have a variety of subpar food but DAMN I was wrong, everything was extremely tasty!  All of the food was cooked to perfection which is super important when it comes to seafood.  There is nothing worse than overcooked shrimp or salmon.  The seafood was also seasoned perfectly and none of the flavours were overpowering.  The highlights for me was the garlic shrimp, scallops, black cod and beef ribs.  The least favourite items were the peanut butter chicken which didn't really suit the menu in the first place and the passion fruit salmon.  The chunks of salmon were actually cooked perfectly but I didn't really care for the passion fruit sauce, however the teriyaki version was excellent.

For dessert we were served fried bananas drizzled in chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and gilled pineapple. The pineapples are usually a favourite of mine but I like them grilled a lot more so that the sugars start to caramelize, these one were a bit under-grilled.  The bananas were quite good but I will so full at this point that I only had a small bite. Both tasty though and I appreciate fruit for dessert.

Overall I was impressed by the food at Copa by Sea and I highly recommended you checking it out especially with the limited time pricing of 30 dollars per person.  This is such a great deal for the amount of delicious seafood you’ll be eating. Thank you to Zomato and Copa by Sea for a wonderful dining experience!

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